I spend most of my time now harvesting the produce that we have tended to for the past few months (hence the late blog post). I have to be very imaginative to include the fresh fruit and vegetables into our everyday meals, or be organised enough to freeze or preserve them. What would be the point of growing all these goodies for them to go to waste by not being prepared and organised!
After the heat wave of July, we are now in the middle of rainy, dull days ahead for the next few days at least. Just when we need the extra sunshine and heat to help ripen our crops, the weather seems to be taking a turn for the worst. Still, we have to make the most of what we have and adapt to suit the weather. There are still plenty of crops to sow and many more jobs to do.
Jobs to do………in August
- Check sweetcorn kernels to see if they are ripe. Press a thumbnail into the kernels to see if a milky liquid oozes out.
- Pinch out runner bean tops to prevent having to over reach for the beans.
- Lift and store second early potatoes.
- Take cuttings for woody herbs such as rosemary, thyme marjoram and sage.
- Keep on top of pest control. A soft soap liquid solution works well.
- Thin seedlings to prevent overcrowding and water well if the soil is dry after thinning. The transplants may be situated elsewhere to get another crop.
- Keep the greenhouse well ventilated and damp down the floors to help the humidity.
- Harvest and dry a wide variety of fresh herbs to use later in the season.
- Lift and store early beetroot. They taste more tender when harvested before they reach the size of a tennis ball.
- Keep harvesting your vegetables to encourage production. In some cases, the more you pick the more you get!
- Continue to feed tomatoes and peppers but reduce the watering towards the end of the months to help the chillies to ripen.
- Completely remove and turn the contents of the compost bin. There will be plenty of green waste added this month so it pays to turn before it gets overfull.
- Make a new strawberry bed with the runners from the existing plants.
- Keep an eye on courgettes and pick them while they are still young. They seem to grow in the blink of an eye!
- Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic for use in the coming months.
What to sow………Indoors and outdoors
- Autumn and Winter salads
- Early Carrots
- Chinese Cabbage
- Pak Choi
- Kohl Rabi
- Hardy Lettuce
- Spring Onion
- Japanese Onion
- Spring Cabbage
- Winter radish
What to plant………in August
- Winter Brassicas
- Kohl rabi
- Sprouting broccoli
Crops in season now
- Spring onions
- Broad Beans
- Kohl Rabi
I am thinking about whether or not to try for some early tomato’s (its end of winter here) but we had a cold front roll in last week, and it looks like its here to stay so…
I love your “What to do in . . .” posts. Thank you, though we are at least one month behind you this year (really late spring in New England).
Thanks Michele. Our season seems to be a little behind too but we still managed to get some good harvests.
Pickled beetroot — what recipe works best? Not done this before.
Personally, I sterilise jars, boil beetroot in skins until soft. Peel, slice and add to jar with vinegar. White or malt depending on what I have to hand. A teaspoon of sugar sometimes helps too. Store for 3 months before eating for flavours to mature.
What a useful post! Will be coming back to refer to this. Good to know there’s so much I can still sow so late in teh summer! Must root about in the seed box and get out in the kitchen garden patch this weekend!
Thanks for your comment. It’s common mistake to think that August is mainly the time for harvesting crops and not starting new ones, but as you can see there are still plenty crops that can be started now.
wow! i bet you have the most delicious homemade dishes…im jealous of your neighbors 😉
I love to experiment with new recipes to use up the abundance of vegetables I grow.